Board of Supervisors - February 3, 2011 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County Courthouse.  The following members were present:

Honorable Fred Luntsford – Temporary Chairman
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Robert E. Robbins
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt, members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
David L. Cox – Financial Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary


Honorable Dana G. Kilgore – Chair
Honorable Robert R. Adkins – Vice-Chair
Honorable J. H. Rivers


George Aichel, retired minister, led in prayer.


All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


Chairman Luntsford stated that in an attempt to promote respect and order during Board meetings the following rules of conduct will be in effect from this time forward:

  • All speakers during Public Expression and Presentations will be allowed to express their positions and concerns without interruptions

  • Audience please do not shout out in support of or in opposition to speakers

  • Speakers please address your comments to the entire Board

  • Any applause should be brief and only after a speaker is finished speaking

  • A reminder and a warning will be given to anyone not acting respectfully or being disruptive prior to being asked to vacate the Board Room for the remainder of the meeting

There were no comments regarding the agenda.


There were no comments regarding roads and highways.


A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ input regarding a request from Bucky & Lora Culbertson for a Special Use Permit for the purpose of establishing a commercial animal boarding kennel in an A-RR district located on approximately 6 acres of land at 5990 Powell River Road in Norton.

There being no public comments regarding this request, the public hearing was closed.


Harold Greear, a resident of Pound, spoke on the following:

  • Scrutinized the Rules of Conduct for Board meetings as presented by Chairman Luntsford

  • Consolidation

  • Economic Impact Study

Donald Purdie, a resident of Big Stone Gap, addressed the Board regarding the local composite index and the effect this will have on the proposed consolidation.  He encouraged the Board to allow Jack Still to video tape the meeting to be held by the Committee 100 on Tuesday, February 8, which would allow the public better understanding of the local composite index.  He also encouraged the Board to authorize County Attorney Mullins to pursue an AG opinion on the local composite index.  He has already asked several to do the same.

Walter Crouse, a resident of Wise, addressed the Board with the following:

  • Recycling

  • Landfill usage

  • Promote tourism

  • Renovate existing schools

  • Large schools have more drug problems

  • Go regional with school consolidation

  • Cut administration costs in the schools to save money

James Lawson, a resident of Wise, addressed the Board with his concerns of not moving forward with making a decision on the schools.  He also spoke on the local composite index and the lack of understanding that citizens have on the affect it has on the economy.

Denver (Sug) Hall, resident of Big Stone Gap, spoke on the following:

  • Support of keeping six schools open

  • Lots of violence in larger schools

  • Raise taxes if needed to keep six schools open

Connor McCoy, a resident of Pound, spoke on the following:

  • The silent majority

  • Increase in taxes

Brandy Lawson, a resident of Pole Bridge Road, spoke on the following:

  • Give the best education to our children

  • Consolidation

Jim Scalf, a resident of Appalachia, spoke on the following:

  • The County being good stewards of tax payers money

  • How tax increase will affect those on fixed income

  • Provide cost figures on consolidation vs non-consolidation

  • Put consolidation on referendum for a vote from the citizens

  • Get an impact study done on school consolidation and the impact this will have on county, towns and communities

Suzanne Lawson, a resident of Wise, spoke on the following:

  • Do what is best for the children and the citizens of Wise County

  • Get the best education possible

  • Can the County afford to keep six high schools open

  • Comments on the 2-on-1 concept

Matt Purdie, a resident of Wise, spoke on the following:

  • The Committee of 100

  • Members of said Committee must be residents of Wise County

Autumn Wells, a resident of Big Stone Gap, spoke on the following:

  • Supports keeping six schools open

  • Schools can be renovated

  • Smaller schools has better education

There being no further public comments, the public expression period was closed.


  • Refund request from Commissioner of the Revenue

  • Set public hearing (March 3, 2011 @ 6:00 p.m.) on a proposed amendment to Animal Control Ordinance

  • Set public hearing (March 3, 2011 @ 6:00 p.m.) on a proposed amendment to the Automobile Graveyard/Junk Yard Ordinance

  • Authorize advertisement for RFP for hauling garbage

  • Authorize advertisement for RFP for landfill fuel & tanks

  • Debt Management Policy (J.H. Rivers)

  • Appalachia Gym Funding

  • Budget Amendments

  • Appointments

  • Closed Session (Investing of public funds, Personnel, Discussion on award of a public contract involving expenditure of public funds)


The Rabies Program requires the health director, in conjunction with the governing body of each locality, to adopt a plan to control and respond to the risk of rabies exposure to persons and companion animals.

The objective of this plan is to:

  • Provide law-enforcement officers, animal control officers, and other persons to report to and be directed by the local health director for such purposes

  • Develop a procedure that promptly ensures the capture, confinement, isolation, or euthanasia of any animal that has exposed, or poses a risk of exposing, a person or companion animal to rabies

  • Identify the authority and responsibility of the local health department, law-enforcement officers, animal control officers, and any other persons with a duty to control or respond to a risk of rabies exposure


Chairman Luntsford, a member of the Redistricting Committee, reported that the Committee has met and discussed the proposed line changes that they are tentatively proposing to the full Board for review.  The Committee has two goals:  One is to bring the Town of Pound and Coeburn back together, and the other is to keep the population in each district under a 10% change.  Hopefully, this will be ready to bring before the Board in March for its review and consideration.


Financial Administrator David Cox informed the Board that counties such as Washington and Smyth have obtained credit ratings and this has provided favorable financing savings.  This rating will help Wise County in borrowing costs and possible access to additional sources of financing.  Davenport & Co., the County’s Financial Advisor, has advised the County to obtain the credit rating.

Getting the credit rating will require a trip to New York by the Chair, Vice-Chair, CFA, and the Treasurer.  The estimated worst-case cost for obtaining the ratings from Moody’s and S&P will be $50,000.  The estimate travel cost would be no more that $10,000.

He explained that this credit rating will very likely save Wise County several million dollars in costs on school financing and future capital financing over the next twenty years.


Mr. Cox stated that the Board currently has a draft of the proposed CIP that the Administrative Staff will be reviewing for possible changes or deletions.   The proposed Plan will be available for the Board to review at its next meeting. 

He noted that if Board members have questions regarding the composite index, to contact him to address any questions they may have.


Attorney Mullins told the Board that the Committee 100 has requested that the Board of Supervisors allow a request for an AG’s Opinion to interrupt the Appropriation Act language regarding the composite index on whether or not it would be 15 years or 5.  She asked that it be added to the agenda for next week’s meeting for consideration by the Board.


There were few comments from Board members.


There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 P.M.

ATTEST:                                                         WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


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Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                               Dana G. Kilgore, Chair

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